Father Donald Scales
Diocese of Charlotte (Benedictine Order)
Assigned as Follows:
- St. Michael Catholic Church (Gastonia, NC)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Scales:
Father Donald Scales was ordained a priest in 1955, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2006, a man wrote a letter to the administrator of St. Michael Catholic Church in Gastonia alleging that he had been sexually abused as a minor by the priest from 1977 to 1978. Father Scales denied the allegations. No criminal charges were filed, but the Diocese of Charlotte’s Lay Review Board found the allegation credible. The Benedictine Order removed Father Scales from ministry in 2006. He died in 2008.
In October 2019, Father Scales’ name was included on the Diocese of Raleigh’s updated list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The Diocese’s list states that the abuse relating to his removal occurred outside of the Diocese of Raleigh, back in 1966. This means that the abuse was brought to diocesan officials’ attention by a second victim and is unrelated to the 2006 allegations.
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